The 2019 NBA Finals begin tonight in Toronto, ON. Here’s a preview and your place to chat about this year’s championship series!
When: Thursday, May 30 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: ScotiaBank Arena, Toronto, ON
How to watch in the D.C. area: WJLA-TV (a/k/a ABC 7). It’s on Channel 7 over the air and on most cable outlets.
How to watch in Toronto: The game is on SportsNet nationwide. (REMEMBER, THE RAPTORS ARE IN CANADA!)
Keys to the matchup
The Warriors may be starting the championship series on the road, but they have some injuries to key players, most notably Kevin Durant who will miss this game due to a calf injury. DeMarcus Cousins may also be out due to a quad injury. and Andre Iguodala is also questionable. Despite that, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green still make up a hell of a trio.
The Raptors will have homecourt advantage and should be in good position to win this one though. OG Anunoby (abdomen) is their only player listed with an injury. Toronto’s defense has been stellar in the playoffs where they have a defensive rating of 102.4 over 18 playoff games. We’ll see if their defense and Kawhi Leonard’s awesome-ness will help them start the Finals on the right note.